Turkish authorities are searching for a suspected arsonist in connection with a fire that destroyed thousands of New Testaments and other Christian books. The fire started at approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the offices of the Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey (BCC-Turkey), located in a multistory building that...
Pakistan’s Interior Minister has said Islamic militants are planning another terrorist attack. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s warning came as Christians gathered for a prayer service to remember of a Taliban massacre at a school that left 132 children dead. “We are receiving intelligence from across the country that the militants are...
A 26 year old pregnant Christian woman has been beaten unconscious in Pakistan for refusing to deny her faith. The mother of four was attacked in Rana Town after saying she would not convert to Islam. It's reported a Muslim woman had been trying to force her to abandon her Christian...
Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi says the Peshawar attack shows the Taliban "will stop at nothing now". The leader of Catholics in the country has urged the government to increase security, arguing that the terror threat to schools, hospitals, churches, mosques and other public places has grown. During an interview with...
The Prince of Wales has said that is "heartbreaking" that so many Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Prince Charles used a visit to London's Syriac Orthodox Church in Acton yesterday to restate his concern fo the Christians of the Middle East and to call for peace. He was...
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a violent mob of hundreds of Muslims to brutally beat, torture, burn and murder a married Christian couple in the Punjab Province in early November. The court also ordered disciplinary action to be levied against five police...
The assault on Christian girls in Pakistan continues, and the number of cases has risen to an alarming rate. One of the most recent incidents targeting the country's Christian minority is the alleged rape of two teenage girls at gunpoint in Pakistan's Punjab province. Release International reports that the girls, aged...
All Christians in Iraq have left is the love of the 'refugee child' – Jesus, according to the Vicar of Baghdad. In his Christmas message from Bethlehem, where he is based after being forced to leave Baghdad for his own safety, Canon Andrew White refers to the refugee camp in...
Sales of stolen pieces of art work from churches in Iraq and Syria is the fourth largest source of income for Islamic State. It's estimated that the militant group makes at least £23m from the artefacts it is taking from churches as it takes control of large parts of the...
American Pastor Saeed Abedini—a U.S. citizen imprisoned for his Christian faith—has written a heartbreaking letter from his prison cell. He talks about both the difficulty of spending Christmas trapped in a cold dark prison cell and how his faith in Christ is carrying him through this difficult time. He writes: These days...
Recent reports state that officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion. “he new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and...
A Pakistani bishop says the church is "totally with the families of our Muslim brothers and sisters," after the Taliban attacked a school in his province killing more than 120 people. Most of those killed in the attack were children. The Taliban say the attack was revenge, after Pakistani authorities killed...
All the charges have been dropped against three Iranian Christians who were sentenced to six years in prison. Pastors Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon Silas Rabbani were cleared of action against the state after an appeal. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Pastors Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon...
Commander Johan Cosar stands on the rooftop of an abandoned home in the Syriac Christian village of Gharduka, about 60 kilometers southwest of Malikiya in Syria’s northeastern corner. He points toward a vast field: “That’s where Islamic State is, one and half kilometers from here,” he says, referring to...
The Catholic Church in Pakistan has joined the chorus of condemnation of the deadly attack by Taliban on an army school in Peshawar that has left at least 126 children and others dead and 250 injured. “This is a barbaric, inhuman and cowardly act,” Cecil Chaudhry, executive director of the...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday told a pre-Christmas gathering of Christians in Nazareth that they and the Jews are brothers, and that Israel will never cease to defend Christians against the forces that seek to harm and destroy them. The gathering was organized by the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum,...
Churches in Qaraqosh, Iraq captured by Islamic State militants are now being used as torture chambers, according to a priest from Mosul. Abu Aasi, told The Sunday Times that Bahnam Wa Sara and Al Kiama churches in Qaraqosh were being used to hold prisoners. The majority-Christian city was captured by...
Pope Francis has expressed concern for members of the Syriac Catholic Church who have had to flee from the “inhumanity” unfolding in the Middle East. “Many have fled to find refuge from an inhumanity that throws entire populations on to the streets, leaving them without any means for survival,” he...
Three more cases of blasphemy accusations have emerged in Pakistan, even after a Christian couple’s beating to death and burning in a brick kiln after allegations of blasphemy horrified the world, including the metropolitan elite in the country. The Christian couple were killed over suspicions of desecrating the Qur’an on...
U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been in an Iranian jail for his Christian faith for more than two years and has been subjected to harsh beatings, is in "severe pain," according to a relative who was able to visit him in prison. "Saeed continues to have severe pain...
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